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Ikuze! Gen-san Anime, PSP Game Announced

posted on 2008-01-29 16:04 EST
Hammerin' Harry action game franchise's 1st anime to debut online on March 24

Japan's Irem Software Engineering (R-Type, Steambot Chronicles) has announced on January 29 that its Gen-san game franchise will spawn Ikuze! Gen-san (Let's Go! Gen-san), the first anime and PSP game based on the hammer-wielding boy hero. The earlier Daikō Gen-san (Carpenter Gen-san) arcade and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games were adapted into English as Hammerin' Harry in the Nineties. The anime version will not be broadcasted, but streamed for free on the GyaO video service in Japan starting March 24. Each of the 24 planned episodes is expected to be about nine minutes long. The PSP game, Ikuze! Gen-san: Yūyake Daiku Monogatari (Let's Go! Gen-san: The Sunset Carpenter Story), will ship this spring. The Famitsu game news resource has posted a video of the announcement.

The slapstick comedy centers on Genzō Tamura, a 19-year-old third-generation construction worker in the working-class neighborhood of Beranme. When the Kuromoku Group urban developers threatens the neighborhood with Chainsaw Mika and Dynamite Dan, Tamura must save his town with his trusty hammer.

Kappei Yamaguchi (Case Closed/Detective Conan's Shin'ichi Kudo, Death Note's L) will voice the title character, while gravure photograph idol Azusa Yamamoto (Wa Wa Wa Wappi-chan's Wappi-chan) will play Kanna Kirishima, his childhood friend and daughter of his boss. Yoshiaki Okumura (Bakkyuu HIT! Crash Bedaman) will direct the anime based on the scripts edited by Katsumi Hasegawa (Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G Revolution, Maze, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight). Nippon Animation's Nippon Animedia (Bedaman, Beyblade 2002) will animate the characters designed by Sonomi Aramaki (key animator of Barefoot Gen 2, NieA_7).

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō

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